Weimar Republic

German Freikorps, Reichsheer and Reichsmarine 1919-1934.
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John Kilmartin
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Weimar Republic

Post by John Kilmartin » Thu May 24, 2007 4:53 pm

Hi Guys,
Does anyone have any speculation on what would have happened if the Weimar Republic had continued in place till 1938 or 1940?
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John K
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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Sat May 03, 2008 2:35 am

Hello John!

A somewhat late answer to an interesting what-if question...

Given the politically, economically and socially unstable (at best!) condition of Weimar Germany in the 20'ies and early 30'ies, I think that one path of political action that a Weimar era Goverment would never (dare) to go down is the official denouncement of the Versailles treaty and the subsequent official rearmament of Germany, enlistment, the Luftwaffe etc. The other thing they would not (dare) to do was the agressive political action (by Hitler) when it came to the Saar, the re-militarization of the Rhineland, the Anschluss of Austria and the annexation of the Sudetenland/occupation of Czeckoslovakia and the Memel area.

So, Weimar Germany of the summer of 1939 would not, could not from a military as well as a politically point of view start to wage war and thus provoke the major european powers into a reprise run of WWI... Military much weaker than Nazi Germany in 1939, politically weaker than Nazi Germany in 1939 (not a bad alternative per se), smaller land land area and population than Nazi Germany in 1939 and as such a smaller industrial capacity...


At least that's my two cents...


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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by sid guttridge » Sat May 03, 2008 4:26 am

Hi Dr. K,

The problem with the Weimar Republic is that the complexion of its governments is not predictable. For example, it is entirely possible that the Communist Party might have come to power by a similar pseudo-constitutional route to the Nazis. Then again the Weimar Republic might have been run by social democrats, or liberals or conservatives. Each would have had different policies more or less compatible with those of different of Germany's neighbours and rivals. One thing is for sure, if any of the latter came to power, Germany would have been easier to live with for its neighbours.

The economic side of Versailles was already unravelling before Hitler came to power, so it is possible, even probable, that other aspects of it might have ceased to be bones of contention by the late 1930s.

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Sid

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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by raimund.h » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:04 am

Papen was a dilettante and an imposter, 30/6/34 should have included this upstart

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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by raimund.h » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:35 am

there seems to be a mindset with so called historians, locked in the past, Hitler freed the Vaterland from the chains of Versailles, historians please free youself from preconceived dogmas

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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by Pirx » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:23 am

raimund.h wrote:Hitler freed the Vaterland from the chains of Versailles,
And then sent millions of compatriots to death.
amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas

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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by raimund.h » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:35 pm

Gustav Knoske appears to be ignored by the {historians} afficionados of Weimar, WARUM BITTE ? This guy brought the Freikorp into being, and so preserved the Reich from the OST

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Re: Weimar Republic

Post by raimund.h » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:48 pm

it is well to remember that Hitler had no compatriots in WW11.though yes, perhaps Fuschl, in the trenches inWW,1

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